RQ839 Speech & Language Therapist

Job Title & Grade: Speech & Language Therapist
Campaign Reference: RQ839
Closing Date : 4pm Wednesday 10/01/24
Proposed Interview Date : Week beginning 22/01/24
Taking Up Appointment : Immediate
Informal enquires: Eimear O’Keeffe, SLT Manager eokeeffe@peamount.ie Ph: 01 6515928
Location of Post: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Organisational Area : Dept of Speech and Language Therapy
Reporting Relationship : Reports and is accountable to the Speech & Language Therapy Manager
Purpose of the Post : To provide a quality Speech & Language Therapy Service to those who present with communication difficulties and / or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, as appropriate.
Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and/ or experience :


  • Be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a Speech & Language Therapist by the Speech & Language Therapists Registration Board at CORU.
  • Dysphagia qualification and relevant experience.
  • A suitable standard of professional attainments.
  • The requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
  • Experience of adult acquired neuro-disability caseloads.


  • VFSS qualification or equivalent experience
  • 0.5 WTE 17.5 hours per week, permanent position  
  • Remuneration in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health and Children. Grade 336Y Speech and Language Therapist. €41,075 – €59,360 LSI
  • Probation – the successful candidate will be appointed for a probationary period of one year. During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period, the service will be certified as satisfactory, or if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by three months. If the service is still deemed to be unsatisfactory, the appointment will cease at the end of the probationary period 
  • Arrangements have been introduced on a national level, for the provision of Garda Clearance in respect of candidates for employment in areas of the Health Service, where it is envisaged that potential employees would have substantial access to vulnerable individuals 
  • Termination of Office may occur by one month’s notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973 /91. The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised except in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted him/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment. 
Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Professional/ Clinical

The Speech & Language Therapist will:

  • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment / intervention programmes for service users according to professional standards 
  • Arrange and carry out assessment and treatment / intervention programmes in appropriate settings in line with local policy / guidelines 
  • Communicate results of assessments and recommendations to the service user and relevant others as appropriate  
  • Document all assessment, diagnosis, treatment / intervention plans, clinical notes, relevant contacts and summaries in accordance with department and professional standards   
  • Collaborate with service user, family, carers and other staff in goal setting and treatment / intervention planning 
  • Foster close working relationships with colleagues and other relevant professionals in maximising the service users’ potential 
  • Provide support and information to service users and relevant others 
  • Attend clinics and participate in meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc. as appropriate 
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, communicating and working in collaboration with the service user and relevant others as part of an integrated package of care 
  • Represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as designated 
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of standards / strategies for quality improvement and outcome measurement and adhere to existing standards and protocols 
  • Actively engage in team based performance management, where appropriate 
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation 
  • Seek advice and assistance from his / her supervisor / manager with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance 
  • Participate in the clinical education of Speech & Language Therapy students as appropriate 
  • Operate within the scope of Speech & Language Therapy practice as set out by the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists 
  • Participate in and develop activities which support Health Promotion 
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Speech & Language Therapy Manager
Education & Training

The Speech and Language Therapist will:

  • Participate in mandatory and recommended training programmes in accordance with departmental / organisational guidelines 
  • Maintain continuing professional development as approved by the Speech & Language Therapy Manager e.g. by attending in-service events, training courses, conferences and involvement in research etc. 
  • Engage in support / supervision with designated supervisor(s) / manager 
  • Provide teaching / training / supervision to others (e.g. to staff, students, service users, carers etc.) as appropriate 
  • Attend practice educator courses as required 
  • Performance management – the successful candidate is expected to participate in the performance management/ personal development planning processes as required with the Speech and Language Therapy Manager 
Health & Safety  

The Speech and Language Therapist will:

  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards 
  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s) 
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others 
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action 
  • Comply with department procedures with regard to assessment, recommendation and / or manufacturing of all assistive devices 
Administrative :

The Speech and Language Therapist will, in consultation with the Speech & Language Therapy Manager:

  • Keep up-to-date administrative records, reports and statistics as required by the Speech & Language Therapy Manager 
  • Be responsible for organisation and maintenance of  clinical equipment and identification of equipment needs as appropriate 
  • Participate in the planning and development of the Speech & Language Therapy Service 
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as appropriate 
  • Participate in review, evaluation and audit of Speech and Language Therapy services regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services 
  • Assist in ensuring that the Speech & Language Therapy Service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in Information Technology 
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service 
  • Support a culture in the workplace that values diversity
Skills, competencies and/or knowledge:
  • Demonstrate sufficient command of the English language (both verbal and written) to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role 
  • Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge and knowledge of evidence based practice to carry out duties and responsibilities of the role 
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to evidence based practice 
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver care in an effective and resourceful manner and the ability to manage self in a busy working environment 
  • Display ability to make / contribute to  effective decisions especially with regard to service user care 
  • Display effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with families, carers, schools etc. 
  • Demonstrate effective team skills including the ability to work as member of a multidisciplinary team 
  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change 
  • Display awareness and appreciation of the service user and the ability to empathise with and treat service users / others with dignity and respect 
  • Demonstrate ability to utilise supervision effectively 
  • Demonstrate a willingness / aptitude to develop IT skills relevant to the role 
  • Participate in rotation as required 
  • To attend and work the days and hours at the centres to which s/he is assigned, and other such centres as the Speech and Language Therapy Manager may direct from time to time 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Speech & Language Therapist in the specific area 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how pathways of care specific to the area are established including access difficulties and appropriate onward referrals 
  • Demonstrate an ability to negotiate contracts of care with relevant stakeholders 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of assessments appropriate to the service setting, awareness of the scope of various assessments and how interpretation of results can inform intervention 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to demonstrate selection of appropriate assessment tools and the ability to adapt assessment / therapy programmes as the service user’s needs change 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of co-existing disorders that warrant onward referral and / or liaison with other professionals 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the potential need for differential diagnosis in feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing disorders (FEDS) 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of treatment models applicable to each presenting client group 
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop appropriate goals in accordance with developmental levels of the service user 
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt and apply appropriate clinical skills in working with the designated case load
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand and respect the family and service user perspective and negotiate goals accordingly
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of providing a holistic service to service users and their families 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the advocacy role with individuals who present with communication difficulties
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the range of multidisciplinary teams and the roles of members on the teams 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the legislation relevant to the service area 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of pharmacology and its effects on speech, language, communication and swallowing 
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of different modalities of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC), as it applies to the post 
  • Demonstrate awareness of the professional guidelines, including ethical and legal considerations as they apply to the role 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of learning styles in adults 
Competition Specific Selection Process:
Short listing may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your application form. The criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements. Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.
This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.